After learning of the theme "Magic in the Mountains" for the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival and meeting Maid Silvia Emily McKibbin Everson, dress designer and seamstress Miss Connie Linger felt the Disney urge for fantasy costuming.
Everson will descend coronation hill today wearing a classic ballgown style done up in forest green velvet. The gown's accent fabric is a burnt orange maple leaf jacquard. The bodice of her gown features a modest V-neckline.
This neckline sports yet another first for Linger: the wired ruff.
Scenes from the Mountain State Forest Festival
"I was excited to create this piece from a sheer green chiffon and edged with a 1-inch frayed-gold organza ruffle, then trimmed with gold-lame edging," she said.
The shoulders are draped with a simple flounce of the burnt orange, which has been embellished with copper and gold metallic couched yarns. Tiny golden oak leaf swirls are embroidered on it, and gold brocade maple leaves accent the center front. Swarovski crystals accent the flounce in clusters and among the leaves.
Everson's sleeves are fitted to the wrist, with an accent featuring a green chiffon flounce anchored to the sleeve by ruched and frayed gold organza with crystal-accented oak leaves at the wrist.
Maid Silvia LXXVI Emily McKibbin Everson receives her crown at 2 p.m. today during coronation ceremonies at the Davis &?Elkins College Amphitheater. Pre-coronation music begins at 1 p.m.
The deep V-cut waistline of the gown is accented by a peplum with couching and embroidery of swirls and leaves as the peplum flows from around the waist and asymmetrically across and down the front of the skirt to become a hem flounce of about 10 inches all the way around. The top edge of the flounce is accented by a gold brocade bias braid, which flows around the peplum and follows the line around and back up the front to meet the waist again. A gold organza rosette on her right and a matching carnation on her left are set off by ribbon leaves and velvet rosebuds in the color of the maids' brandy velvet. The entire peplum and hem flounce are embellished in layers, including metallic yarn couching overlayed by multiple leaf embroideries and finished with a final layer of small golden oak leaf swirls and gold brocade leaves.
Everson's green velvet train attaches in an unusual place, under the shoulder flounce. A band of gold brocade flows down the center of it and is surrounded completely by a burnt orange jacquard flounce to match the one on her gown. A "windblown" swirl of leaves makes its way asymmetrically across the lower portion of the brocade and finishes off in the orange jacquard, which flows over the bottom edge of the 12-foot train.
When not busy with her royal duties as part of the Mountain State Forest Festival, Everson, of Martinsburg, enjoys skiing, biking, swimming, playing volleyball and spending time with family, friends and her family's rescue dog, Bella.
She is a 2010 graduate of Martinsburg High School and enjoys participating on the West Virginia University club archery team. The WVU student is studying exercise physiology with an emphasis in health professions and aquatic therapy.